Endless Summer Blooms for Your Yard
Summer is now in full bloom, and we’re enjoying some heat as well as the usual Bay Area fog! Come and visit us for all your garden favorites: blooming annuals and perennials and your preferred shrubs and trees, not to mention accessories!
Father’s Day weekend is coming up later in the month. Select a gift for dad that he will love, such as that tree or shrub he’s been wanting, or some new tools! If you’re not exactly sure what dad would like, we also sell gift cards. Dad can pick out the perfect gift for himself!
If you’re looking for more color for your garden, you’ve come to the right place. Pick up a Cape Fuchsia. Ever wished that you could plant a Fuchsia in the full sun? Well now you can! Phygelius have a profusion of tubular, pendulous blooms similar to Fuchsias. They will brighten up your yard from summer to fall.
If you’re looking for even more flowers, Salvias are one of our favorite summer-blooming perennials. They are now bursting with flowers ready to invigorate your yard. There are many cultivars and colors to choose from – you’ll be sure to find one that you love. Plant one or more and enjoy their long, dependable bloom season.
If you’re looking for some beautiful trees that bloom all summer long after all the spring displays have come to an end, plant a Crape Myrtle. Lagerstroemia are a wonderful choice for our climate and are perfect for the drought tolerant garden.
As you continue to work hard in your garden, come and see us for all the soils, fertilizers, tools, and gloves you need to keep your garden healthy this year!
Check out our webshop to see what soils and fertilizers we have in stock before your visit.
Plant of the Month: Phygelius – Cape Fuchsia
Phygelius are a showy and bright addition to your yard. The Cape Fuchsia is not a real Fuchsia and is actually in the Scrophulariaceae family with other perennials such as monkey flowers (Mimulus) and Penstemon, which are unrelated to Fuchsias. Their abundance of long-blooming Fuchsia-like flowers will be fought over by hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies in summer through to the fall!
Phygelius are evergreen perennials in milder climates like the Bay Area. In colder areas they can be planted as annuals. Their growth is upright. The flowers are arranged on large spires, hovering above and contrasting with attractive, dark green foliage. They grow fast to around 3-5′ tall and wide, sometimes larger, and are fairly disease and pest free.
Plant against a backdrop of contrasting foliage for great effect. Perfect for borders, pollinator gardens, and planting against walls.
USDA Zones: 7-10.
How to Care for the Cape Fuchsia:
- Plant in full sun.
- Enrich the soil and improve drainage by digging in compost.
- Deadhead flowers to encourage more blooms.
- Cut back suckers that can run and spread.
- Water moderately.
Phygelius ‘Candydrops Red’ is a compact cultivar reaching 12-18″ tall and 18-24″ wide. Its striking scarlet blooms emerging from light purple bracts are adored by hummingbirds and people alike. Their leaves are shiny and mid-green in color. Blooms from summer to fall. Semi-evergreen. Full sun to part shade.
Featured Tree: Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)
Lagerstroemia are perfect trees for the Bay Area. Their common name comes from their undulating petals that resemble crafted crepe paper flowers. They provide year-round interest with their intense, colorful blooms in the summer, burnt-orange or red leaf color in fall, and attractive peeling tan and gray bark which is more visible in the winter. They range in size from 4′ shrubs to 25′ trees which grow in a rounded form.
Plant in a hot location in your yard. Crape myrtles love reflected heat from a driveway or patio. Where other plants will wither up and dry out, crape myrtles will thrive! Great in mass plantings, drought tolerant gardens, and as a specimen.
Be careful when pruning as crape myrtles only bloom on new wood, so wait to prune until after they bloom! Feed with slow release or liquid fertilizer (such as E.B. Stone Organics Fish Emulsion), every few weeks from spring and into the summer to encourage new growth and therefore more blooms.
Make sure to plant Lagerstroemia in full sun, as their flowers can partially fade to white in the shade. Water deeply and infrequently once established. Prefer moist but well-drained soil.
Featured Drought Tolerant Plant: Salvias
Salvias are well-suited for growing in Bay Area Gardens. They are evergreen perennials in the mint family that can grow woody over time. Sages have strong, fragrant foliage – like culinary sage – and are easy and fast to grow. They have a long bloom period from spring through fall, depending on the cultivar. Many are deer resistant and attractive to pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
More than anything, sages require good drainage. Digging soil amendment into clay soil and planting them on a mound are strategies that will ensure they thrive. During wet winters their roots can rot, so drainage is key to their survival. Over-watering can also cause problems, so be careful to only water when needed as it can cause parts of the plant to die back. Most species and cultivars are drought tolerant, but some like a little more water.
Cut Salvias back at the end of the flowering season – but not too heavily – to ensure they come back in the spring invigorated. Sages are a must for pollinator and wildlife gardens. Plant near your vegetables to attract bees! They are wonderful for long-lasting color and are perfect when planted in containers.
‘Hotlips’ is one of the most popular sages grown – and for good reason. Its pretty white and scarlet bicolor flowers are eye-catching and attractive to hummingbirds. It is fast-growing, quickly reaching a size of 2-3′ tall and wide and perfect for perennial planting beds and containers. Blooms from early summer to mid-fall. Thrives when planted in full sun and can tolerate part sun. USDA Zones: 8-12.
Salvia ‘Heatwave Glitter’
The ‘Heatwave’ series of sages are a cross between Salvia greggii and Salvia microphylla, both staples of Bay Area gardens. ‘Heatwave Glitter’ is a lilac flowering cultivar that fades to near-white at the throat of the bloom. The flowers contrast beautifully with mid-green, handsome foliage. Its compact size of 2.5′ tall by 3′ wide ensures it has a multitude of uses in the yard. Plant in a line next to a patio or path or mix with trailing perennials in a planter. USDA Zones: 6-10.
Salvia ‘Heatwave Blaze’
‘Heatwave Blaze’ makes a statement with its deep red blooms contrasting with mid-green leaves and dark brown stems and calyxes. It has a compact habit, growing fast to 30″ tall and 36″ wide. Great for drought tolerant and pollinator gardens and for display in planters. USDA Zones: 6-10.
Salvia ‘Heatwave Sparkle’
‘Heatwave Sparkle’ is a wonderful addition to brighten up your borders and posts. It has deep pink blooms emerging from dark purple calyxes and stems. It has a long bloom time from spring until fall. Plant with other summer blooming perennials such as Echinacea and Sedum for an effusive display. USDA Zones: 6-10.
In Your Garden: What to do in June
- Attract hummingbirds with plants that have nectar: Agastache, Salvia, Penstemon, Buddleja, Fuchsia, Abutilon. Don’t have a lot of garden space? Hang hummingbird feeders on decks and patios.
- Plant herbs for use in the kitchen. Re-seed or plant greens, cabbages and kales.
- Your spring plantings are getting hungry. Feed with E. B. Stone Organics fertilizers or Maxsea.
- Father’s Day is this month. Celebrate Dad with a gift from the garden!
- Deadhead roses, shrubs, and other flowers with a new pair of Corona pruners to encourage new blooms. We also carry micro-snips and floral shears.
- Mulch planting beds to conserve moisture.
- Make sure vegetables are supported with cages, stakes, or trellises.
- Check early-bearing fruit trees for heavily laden branches. Thin fruits now to prevent branches from breaking. Thinning fruits also makes remaining fruit bigger!
- Harvest vegetables to keep them producing.
- Control summer insects,such as pear and rose slug, weevils, aphids and thrips. Use an appropriate non-toxic remedy to control them. Use Captain Jack’s Dead Bug spray with spinosad for chewing insects. Try Monterey Bt ready- to-use for destructive budworm.
- Treat blueberries and citrus with F.S.T. or Liquinox Iron and Zinc to maintain soil acidity.
- Feed your roses with Sul-Po-Mag to encourage another flush of bloom.
- Check for standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding. Use Mosquito Dunks or Bits to kill larvae.
- Ensure succulents are protected from the hot afternoon sun which can burn them.